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You can hardly play 3 “shows”… you don't want a lead through Kx(x). So, this sequence is an exception to general principles - 3 need show no stopper in any of the opponent's suits.

3 is my first choice, but if really playing with a nonogenarian, there is much to be said for Mr Bethe's “value” call of 5.

Nov. 23, 2013
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You can hardly play 3 “shows”… you don't want a lead through Kx(x). And, as Ms Johannesen says, s are partner's business.

So, it is so that this is an exception to general principles - 3 need show no stopper in any of the opponent's suits.
Nov. 23, 2013
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Probably the best-known use of the word “risible”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8_jgiNqUc
Nov. 23, 2013
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On the other hand, Mr Fonzo may have been the 1 bidder, and, thanks to the vote, be dining out on caviar and Krug, paid with the large bet he won.

We may not like the balancer's calls, but let's be courteous and charitable.
Nov. 18, 2013
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Why punish poor partner, who hasn't enough for a 1 overcall, for competing? As well, the hand may not play that well, with either a trump lead or diamond over-ruffs proving awkward.

Like Mr Smith, I prefer 2 at this point. Partner will now be in the picture.
Nov. 17, 2013
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For a BIG discussion of the '79 scandal:
http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2008/04/06/collateral-damage-i/
Nov. 16, 2013
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All possible votes? Hmm… this brings to mind an interesting and similar hand - Board 83, 1966 Bermuda Bowl.

Vul against not: A10xxx Axx x KQxx

After 1S / / ?

Belladonna DOUBLED.

And before I get fed the usual rubbish about their off-shape doubles, from the “Roman Club System of Distributional Bidding”:

“The requirements for the double are 12 - 16 points with 4-4-3-2, 4-4-4-1, 5-4-3-1 or 5-4-2-2 distributions, where the long suits are not the same as the suit opened.

4-3-3-3 and 5-3-3-2 (with the doubleton in the suit opened) are also permissible.”
Nov. 16, 2013
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Why is 3 not the splinter?
A much better call if it is…
Nov. 15, 2013
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Tim Seres is “on record” as saying that to open 3 at rubber bridge against strong opponents with:
xx KQJxxxx xx xx
is a waste of time.
- no defensive tricks
- every suit will break for them
- if they need to place a card they will do so successfully

He said that one might choose open 3 at pairs or teams to stay on the same tracks as other table(s) but at total points it was a clear loser. Tim was pre-empting with “stuff” on the side in the 50s.
Nov. 10, 2013
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For more on the psychology of win/loss thinking, see “Wait” by Frank Partnoy, Prof of Law and Finance, U. San Diego.

http://frankpartnoy.com/wait/
Nov. 8, 2013
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Quite so. The player who backs into the auction with chaff pays a fearsome price against strong opponents.
Nov. 8, 2013
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Ten is a good card. The “play the card you are known to hold” principle has many applications.
Nov. 3, 2013
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I'd rather concede one down than agree with Dean. :)
Nov. 3, 2013
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I think it's unlikely that partner has a penalty double of 1. And perhaps they could have run to 1 if he has.

Given no heart raise, I don't mind the 1NT at all (so long as one plays “better than 1NT opening” for such a call), putting the overcaller on lead..

I'd be happy to be in game opposite many flat 5-6 counts.
Nov. 2, 2013
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To the right of the contract above I wrote, “a diamond lead”. You then write that because I “do not announce what happened at trick one, we make the assumption that a diamond was led at trick one.”

A very fine assumption indeed.

I posted the hand (from 1948) as a neat exercise in control and trick-counting for those who might not have seen such an example. That is why I wrote, “It will be a puzzle for anyone not familiar with the theme.” Perhaps you didn't read that either.

I have noticed over some months that you miss few, if any, opportunities to tell the world how trivial you find the material posted at BW. Strangely, I have found the reading skills of the lesser players to be superior.
Nov. 2, 2013
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I agree with Mr Woolsey that the board should have been thrown out. Relying upon the virtue of players is absurd.

But why should the talkers not be penalised? Why can they not shut up at the end of a hand? They were not attempting to iron out some matter of partnership arrangement, they were engaging in gratuitous waffle about slam prospects.
Oct. 28, 2013
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Time for an Edgar Kaplan special traetment… 4NT natural.
Oct. 26, 2013
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Sound stuff. Playing transfers after a X is very foolish for all the reasons above. Science gone mad…
Oct. 23, 2013
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Anyone who plays relay soon finds out that they are good for bidding slams and bad for bidding games.
Oct. 23, 2013
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